City Administrators Weekly Report

June 15, 2009


Quick Tip of the Week – Promises, Promises

Don’t make promises unless you WILL keep them - not PLAN to keep them, WILL keep them.  Reliability is one of the keys to any good relationship, and good customer service is no exception.  If you say, “Your new bedroom furniture will be delivered on Tuesday”, make sure it is delivered on Tuesday.  Otherwise, don’t say it.  The same rule applies to client appointments, deadlines, etc.  Think before you give any promise – because nothing annoys customers more than a broken one.


Overnight Family Campout

Come enjoy a weekend full of outdoor fun.  Families are invited to come and enjoy activities, music, food, and crafts in Central Park.  Ten foot by ten foot spaces are available for reservation.  The cost is $10 per space and $10 per person, which includes dinner, snacks and breakfast.  This is a chance for families to have a low-cost camping experience and to play together in an outdoor atmosphere.  Check in will begin on July 11 at 12 noon and the event will end at 11:00 a.m. on July 12.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  For more information and reservations, call 714-536-5486.


Save the Date!

The 2nd annual Chili at the Beach in Downtown Huntington Beach will be held on Saturday, June 20th presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District.  Activities include a chili-cook off on Saturday, a competition benefiting CHOC Hospital, prizes, children’s activities, entertainment, and Father’s Day Specials on Sunday!  Saturday the event is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Huntington Beach Children’s Library hits a home run with its
100 year Centennial Summer Reading Program!

Join us this year in the Children’s Department for a special Summer Reading Program to celebrate the City’s 100 year Birthday.  Between June 23 and August 14, children between the ages of 2-12 can sign up and “read around the bases” for the “Home Run Readers: Celebrate 100 years of Reading” program, sponsored this year by Angels Baseball and the Beach Pit BBQ.  Register at the Central Library or at any of our four branch libraries, and earn a visit prize and raffle ticket for each weekly visit.  You can even earn special “base” prizes!  Raffle prizes for the Home Run Readers program include 4 tickets to an Angels game on August 25, Disneyland tickets, and lots more!  For ages 13 and up, the theme is “Express Yourself @ your Library”.  Additional support comes from the Friends of the Children’s Library and local merchants who have generously donated great food coupons and other prizes to be handed out during weekly visits. Registration is open June 23 through August 14.  Play ball!

Library user satisfaction survey

To help get a clear picture of what we’re doing well and where we can improve, the library is now inviting users to complete a brief, online survey. The survey appears on the main page of our newly designed web site under the heading “Your Opinion Matters.” This library user satisfaction survey asks what services the participant uses regularly, and how satisfied he or she is. There is also a space for comments, both about what is most appreciated at the library and about what might be added or improved.  Results of the survey will be used in the library’s strategic planning process. By its presence on our website, though, the survey also initiates a growing movement toward interactivity with our online users. Please take a moment to visit and share your thoughts.


Downtown Specific Plan Update

A series of Planning Commission study sessions are planned for the Downtown Specific Plan Update with the purpose of discussing the content of and major changes to the Downtown Specific Plan.  The Planning Commission will conduct three separate study session meetings on Tuesday, June 23; Tuesday, July 14; and Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM in Room B-8, City Hall – Lower Level, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach.  The DTSP Update involves a City-initiated proposal to update Specific Plan No. 5 – Downtown Specific Plan.  The project proposes to reconfigure the existing 11 Specific Plan districts into 7 districts, modify development and parking standards, incorporate design guidelines and provide recommendations for street improvements, public amenities, circulation enhancements, infrastructure and public facility improvements and parking strategies.  The project also proposes revised parking requirements and modified parking ratios, the elimination of the Downtown Parking Master Plan concept, a Cultural Arts Overlay in the northern portion of the DTSP area on the site of the existing Main Street Branch library and the elimination of the Resource Production Overlay in District 8 of the existing DTSP, although provisions for continued oil recovery remain in the proposed DTSP Update. 

A study session will also be scheduled for Environmental Impact Report No. 08-001, which analyzes the environmental impacts associated with the DTSP Update, and will be noticed separately.  Subsequent to the study sessions, public hearings will be scheduled for the Planning Commission and City Council.  The public hearings on the DTSP Update project are tentatively scheduled for August/September 2009.  All interested persons are invited to attend said meetings.  The Planning Commission will not take action on the project at these study session meetings.  Questions or comments on the Downtown Specific Plan Update may be directed to:  Kellee Fritzal, Deputy Director – Economic Development Department, [email protected]/ (714) 374-1519, or Jennifer Villasenor, Associate Planner – Planning Department, [email protected]/ (714) 374-1661.


Check your Soils Type for Water Schedules

This surface soil textures map was created to help you determine the surface soil type at your home. This information can be used to help you establish a watering schedule for your home landscape. You may use Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's watering calculator to determine the approximate watering schedule for your landscape.   Most soils type need watering only two or three times per week.  Remember to water only between 7 pm and 9 am.  Check your irrigation system regularly to eliminate overspray and leaking sprinklers.  If necessary, soil amendments can help sandy soil retain more water. The Orange County Surface Soils Texture Map, sponsored by the Municipal Water District of Orange County, can assist in determining the soil type in your yard.

Did you know?

The Planning Division offers Second Opinion Services should you feel you need further clarification or additional confirmation regarding your zoning matter.

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